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Burning Down the House

Sat 11 Sep, 10am
State Library Victoria, Conversation Quarter

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

With science deniers in the highest halls of power—and misinformation beamed into living rooms via broadcast and social media—national climate action has ground to a standstill. As we face a fork in the road between catastrophe and survival, a panel of experts convene to consider what can be done to curb vested interests, broker meaningful change and enact clean energy solutions. Featuring Greens senator and environmental engineer Mehreen Faruqi and multi-award–winning journalist Marian Wilkinson in conversation with Margaret Simons.

Supported by Australian Communities Foundation


1 hour


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Dr Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens senator for New South Wales. She is a civil and environmental engineer and lifelong activist for social and environmental justice, the first Muslim woman to sit in an Australian parliament, and Australia's first Muslim senator. Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud is her memoir.

Margaret Simons is an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of  many books and numerous articles and essays. She is also a journalism academic and Honorary Principal Fellow at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.

Marian Wilkinson is an award-winning journalist, whose career has spanned radio, television and print, including working for the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC’s Four Corners program. Her latest book, The Carbon Club, investigates the network behind Australia’s bitter political battles over climate change.

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